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Man accused of killing cyclists to stay in jail

Posted at 9:59 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 00:59:48-04

The man accused of hitting and killing two cyclists in Oro Valley in March will remain in jail. 

Lawyers for 28-year-old Brian Lynch asked a judge Thursday to reduce his 1.5 million dollar bond and allow Lynch out of prison while he awaits trial.

Lynch is accused of driving while high on meth in a work vehicle. Police say he slammed into a group of cyclists from New Mexico at a red light, killing two of them.

The crash at La Canada and Hardy killed 72-year-old Clare Rhodes and 68-year-old Kenneth Viera. 

The Tucson cyclist community come together days after their death for a memorial ride and showed up again in support of the victims' families at Lynch's bond reduction hearing. 

The group showed up in their bicycling jerseys as Lynch's lawyer argued that if he got out jail he had a job waiting for him. 

But the prosecutor countered saying Lynch is a flight risk and his crimes were too severe to be let out. 

The judge ultimately agreed. 

"There's no reason that he should be back on the streets right now. I mean, you don't get distracted behind the wheel and take some lives and expect to go ahead and start working again as if nothing happened," said Brendan Lyons, a cyclist that showed up in support of the victims. "There's no reason for it so I think this sends a strong message and I'm certainly thankful for it."

It's a message this group hopes goes beyond just this case. 

"This isn't just about bikes. It's about all of us working together to share the roads, to be aware and more than anything that's the message that we need to get out there that safety is everyone's resposibilty," said cyclist Damion Alexander.